After wasting time and money on Con Ass, De Venecia now asks for special sessions.
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GMA calls special session of Congress
BY AUREA CALICA
The Philippine Star
President Arroyo asked Congress Friday to hold a special session from Feb. 19 to 20 to pass vital legislation, including the anti-terrorism bill.
Mrs. Arroyo said "it would be a pity" if these proposed measures would remain pending for months since Congress would resume session on June 4 after adjourning last Thursday.
Congress adjourned Thursday with the House unable to ratify the anti-terrorism bill due to lack of a quorum.
The bill needs ratification by both the Senate and House of Representatives before it can be submitted for the signature of President Arroyo, who has certified the bill as urgent.
Speaker Jose de Venecia had earlier asked the President to call a special session of four to five days to approve eight priority bills that were not acted upon by Congress during the last session day. Mrs. Arroyo decided on a two-day special session.
"It will be difficult (for us to muster a quorum) but we must," De Venecia told reporters in a briefing at his residence in Forbes Park in Makati City.
He appealed to congressmen and senators to participate in the special session even as they become busy with the May 14 polls. The campaign period for senatorial candidates will start on Feb. 13.
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